Microsoft will release the Windows 10 21H1 feature update, also known as the Spring 2021 Update, in April or May as an optional update, with a broader release later this year.
Windows 10 Spring 2021 Update will be rolled out on Windows 10 2004 and Windows 20H2 as an activation package, which will be installed very quickly and with a reboot.
This is because the features of version 21H2 are already included in Windows 10 2004 / 20H1 and remain dormant until the activation package is installed and activated. Users running older versions of Windows 1
Once released, Windows 10 21H1 will be available via Windows Update for ‘seekers’ or those who manually click the ‘Check for Updates’ button. Even then, the Windows 10 21H1 feature update will be offered as an optional update, as shown below.
What’s in Windows 10 21H1
Unfortunately, Windows 10 21H1, the spring 2021 update, is not a very exciting release with many new features.
Instead, it is released as a minor update with bug fixes, performance improvements, and a few improvements to existing features aimed at business users.
The small list of new enhancements coming in Windows 10 21H1 is:
- Windows Hello multi-camera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
- Windows Defender Application Guard performance enhancements, including optimizing document opening hours.
- Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updates performance enhancement to support external work scenarios.
The good news, though, is that Microsoft is changing the way they offer updates for many of their more popular Windows 10 features, so new versions can be released faster.
Microsoft will do this through updates from the Microsoft Store or through the ‘Windows Feature Experience Packs’, which is a new way to deliver standalone feature updates outside of the regular scheduled Windows 10 updates.
Some of the features that fit into this new update model are Windows Terminal, Notepad, Windows 10 Start menu, XBOX integration, Windows Snipping Tool and Windows Subsystem for Linux.
The upcoming Sun Valley update is more exciting
For those waiting for a more exciting and feature-rich update, wait until the fall when Microsoft will release the Windows 10 Sun Valley 21H2 feature update.
The Windows 10 Sun Valley update will include a design overhaul with new animations, rounded dialogs, and new UI elements, with an example shown below.
In addition to overhauling the user interface, Microsoft will introduce many new features, including DoH, the new battery settings, and the modern Disk Management settings page.
How to install the Windows 10 21H1 update now
If you are itching to test the Windows 10 21H1 feature update now, you can currently use two methods.
The first method is to join the Windows Insider program and join the Beta channel, which will ask you to install Windows 10 21H1 on your computer.
It should be noted that once you have installed the Insider build, you will not be able to downgrade to the general version.
To return to a non-development release, wait until the Insider builds are synchronized with the general release building, and then disconnect the Insider application on your device.
Another method you can use to try Windows 10 21H1 now is to install the operating system via an ISO that you can download from the Windows Insider website.
Insiders can only download ISO, but once downloaded, you can use it to perform a clean installation on any device as long as you have a Windows 10 product key.